Rise of the Libertarians, 10 reasons why Slate, Salon and the progressive media are afraid
By Nick Sorrentino on February 7, 2014
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1. Libertarianism is the new “center.” At the risk of raising the hackles of the hyperanalytical, consider this: Most people think of Ds as being on the left and Rs as being on the right. Remember: It’s about popular perceptions. And when we think in terms of those perceptions, most people think of Rs as being fiscally and socially conservative and Ds as being fiscally and socially liberal. The old center was once about being either squishy in both departments, or about being fiscally liberal and socially conservative. But a new “center” is emerging. As people become disaffected with all the bad economic policies of the Obama administration and all of the preachy moralisms of the Republican status quo, most are gravitating to a position that looks decidedly more libertarian—that is, fiscally conservative and socially liberal.
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It’s even more fundamental than that: I don’t want to pay for anything I don’t want. And, I don’t care what you do as long as you don’t hurt anyone else.
Golden Rule: I want you to be as free as I want to be.
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